2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Still Need the Turbo?
December 06, 2010
Several weeks ago, around about the time the Sonata 2.0T was passing through our offices, I quipped to Chief Road Test Editor Chris Walton that the Sonata Turbo pretty much made the naturally aspirated version pointless. Walton differed, of the opinion that the new 198-hp four-cylinder in the Sonata GLS was a great engine on its own and didn't need a turbo.
Well, after spending a few days driving Edmunds.com's long-term GLS, I have to agree with Walton (as much as I hate to admit it): the Sonata GLS is a pretty decent everyday car. Sure, I miss the turbo on occasion, for instance when trying to accelerate quickly up a steep hill. But in general the naturally aspirated Sonata should have adequate power for most drivers.
It appears you won't save much in the way of fuel costs over the Turbo, though: our Sonata GLS averaged 25.3 mpg for the month of November, while the Sonata 2.0T test car averaged 26.7 mpg in the, admittedly, much shorter period of time it was with us. For the record, the Sonata GLS's EPA numbers are 22 city/35 highway/26 combined, versus the 2.0T's 22 city/33 highway/26 combined.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 10,902 miles